A long forgotten face: the referee from 1873
Two years ago I identified the referee in the 1873 England v Scotland match as Theodore Lloyd [see blog post]. Now, I have found this photo of him with his wife, which turned up in a family history.
The Lloyd family were important figures in the early days of association football. Theodore and his younger brothers Robert, Henry and Albert were stalwarts of the original Crystal Palace football club, one of the earliest clubs in London and a founding member of the Football Association. Henry and Theodore each attended one of the FA meetings in the autumn of 1863, and Albert played in the inaugural match of January 1864 to show off the newly written Laws of the Game. The brothers played regularly for Crystal Palace through the 1860s.
Theodore (1834-1904) was held in such respect that he was asked to referee the first international match in London. A noted philanthropist, he was a member of the Stock Exchange and came from a Quaker family of bankers. When he died he left the massive sum of £287,000 in his will, much of which went to charity as he and his wife had no children.